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Local Wedding Guide: Pacific Northwest

Local Guide

We’re ready for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled four states so far: North Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts, and Florida. Now we’re onto the Pacific Northwest! Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

Portland, OR:



you look nice today photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographer You Look Nice Today Photography.

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gemmer photography portland oregon wedding photographer
gemmer photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographers Gemmer Photography

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Gemmer Photography: It’s sincerely all about forgetting we’re here! Honestly! A lot of people feel awkward being in front of the camera, and have so many hopes and dreams hanging on what they dream their wedding photographs will look like, that they get too preoccupied with it. Channel your emotions into every moment… do the things you would do normally… whether you feel silly, quirky, or goofy! The truer to yourself & the way you process emotion typically will ensure that you get teary-eyed when you see yourself in the midst of true bliss years after when you’re looking at your memories. So, practice shedding your self-consciousness… and fix your eyes on your love… let the day sweep you away!
Julie of Julie Randall: If you’re feeling uncomfortable, say something! It’s my goal to make you and your partner feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera.


julie randall photography portland oregon wedding photographer
julie randall photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographer Julie Randall
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Tell us a little bit about you.
Gemmer Photography: We’re quirky, nerdy, & madly in love with each other! We think that trickles down into our work! We’re saps. We love {love}, and we strive to be known to take a non-traditional approach to documenting wedded bliss! We are a small family-owned business, so we don’t outsource jobs or book as many weddings as possible in the summer, just to wait until the winter months to start editing couple’s wedding photographs. plus, we love to have open dialogue and brainstorming communication from the moment our clients book us up until the wedding and beyond! The more we communicate, dream, and plan together, the sweeter!
Julie of Julie Randall: I strive to tell the narrative of the day in a relaxed, unobtrusive manner. I want you and your partner to feel relaxed, comfortable, and confident in front of the camera. I aim to show the true emotion of the day and all the gorgeous details. You may get silliness from me, but never gimmicky cheesiness.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Gemmer Photography: We always say be different! Find some unique location! Don’t just take your engagement photographs at a popular must-see spot, unless it has significant presence in your lives.
Julie of Julie Randall: Think about having your engagement shoot in a location that’s completely different from your wedding. Say if you’re getting married on the Coast, you can have the shoot downtown where we walk around, grab a beer or coffee, maybe some ice cream!

Salem, OR:


erich mcvey photography salem oregon wedding photographer
erich mcvey photography salem oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Salem photographer Erich McVey Photography

Tell us a little bit about you.
Rebekah of A & B Creative: I offer brides the design-savvy for the vision they’ve dreamed of in a budget-savvy way!

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Rebekah of A & B Creative: I love Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, the top of Bald Hill or Avery Park in Corvallis, Diamond Lake or Mount Thielsen, or Crater Lake. We’re so lucky that in Oregon gorgeous fields, barns and forests are aplenty, you can basically drive in any direction and find gorgeous inspiration for e-sessions!

Seattle, WA:


jessica may photography seattle washington wedding photographer
jessica may photography seattle washington wedding photographer

Above images by Seattle photographer Jessica May Photography

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: Just have fun!

Tell us a little bit about you.
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: I love love love getting to know my clients! I enjoy taking them out for lunch and or coffee to chat and talk about how they met, ideas for their wedding day, etc.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: I heart big open spaces!

Bellingham, WA:


aubrey joy photography bellingham washington wedding photographer
aubrey joy photography bellingham washington wedding photographer

Above images by Bellingham photographer Aubrey Joy Photography

Tell us a little bit about you.
Aubrey of Aubrey Joy Photography: Because my goal is to make you look your best, you will have fun working with me, and that will really reflect in the photos I take. Lots of couples tell me that the photoshoot was the most fun they had at a wedding, what a compliment! I love what I do and it shows in my work. I’m very drawn to soft romantic light and natural backgrounds. I think shooting in places like this really makes an image timeless.

Venues:
McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro, OR)
Five Pine Lodge (Sisters, OR)
Mack Theater (McMinnville, OR)
Moon Mountain Lodge (Alger, WA)
Columbia River Gorge (Corbett, OR)
Crag Rats Hut (Hood River, OR)
The Silcox Hut at Timberline Lodge (Timberline Lodge, OR)

Photographers:
Gemmer Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Aubrey Joy Photography (view portfolio), Bellingham WA + will travel worldwide
Jessica May Photography (view portfolio), Seattle WA + will travel worldwide
You Look Nice Today Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Julie Randall Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Erich McVey Photography (view portfolio), Salem OR + will travel worldwide

Stylists + Planners:
A & B Creative (view portfolio) (Salem, OR)
Your Perfect Bridesmaid (Portland, OR)

Florists:
Punch Portland (view portfolio)
Erica of Moda Floral & Event Design (Portland, OR)


Stationery:
Red Pearl Designs (view portfolio)
Royal Steamline (based in Portland but available online, view portfolio)

Bakeries:
Dianne’s Delights (Seattle)

Makeup:
Nadia Artistry (Portland, OR)
Beth Level of Blush Make-Up Artistry

Rentals:
Scout Vintage Rentals (Seattle)

Mention “Ruffled” to Aubrey Joy Photography and receive a free vintage inspired canvas print when you book your wedding with her!

Julie Randall Photography is offering 15% off all my packages for any weddings that take place before October 1, 2012!

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Bohemian Madrid Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

The city of Madrid is the peanut butter to bohemian weddings’ jelly. I can’t think of a more perfect destination than a quaint Spanish city for such wedding style. Event Designer Marta Machin at Marlett captured Bianca and Gonzalo’s personal style and infused their travels as part of their theme. We’re absolutely head over heels for the tent lounge area and the old family photos sprinkled throughout their wedding day.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

From the designer, Marta Machin at Marlett: Bianca and Gonzalo are a very special couple, when I met them I immediately fell in love with their easy going, worldly traveled vibe. They wanted a wedding that was a garden party, to be surrounded with close family and friends, celebrate their love and dance ’til dawn. Their wedding was also a goodbye party, after the celebration they would start their two year honeymoon around the world. (Right now they are in China after having traveled to Africa, Australia, Borneo, the Philippines and Bali.)

pool wedding decor
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
picture frame decor

animal figurine decor

They wanted a relaxed celebration, with just a cocktails and no formal dinner. Since helm oaks are very typical in this part of Spain we chose to use them as the anchor points for the different stages of the wedding, from the ceremony to the dance floor


pink wedding flowers

madrid wedding gonzalo manera

The wedding was not a big wedding in Spain, but still 120 relatives and friends gathered together under helm oaks at dusk to see the couple get married in a heirloom bench, surrounded by old family portraits, and in front of a XVIII century desk (loaned by the groom’s mother) filled with flowers. The location of the ceremony was chosen because of its ideal surroundings, but also because the light at the time of the ceremony would be ideal.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera

madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
vintage reception bunting

The ceremony was very emotional, the groom gave a speech that spoke of traveling, his love of Bianca and their goodbyes to their family. It was sweet, personal and touching. I cried like when watching a good romantic movie, the air was filled with dense emotions and happiness.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera

madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

The bride wore a dress designed by her sister (a fashion stylist) and a friend, with fabrics brought from Philippines (their mother is Filipino) The dress was beautiful beyond words, and suited her like a glove. (The fall, the movement of the gown was amazing, it was the perfect dress, vintage inspired but timeless) The groom wore a custom made suit with a bow tie and his best man, his brother, was also another example of sartorial excellence. She walked the aisle to “Heartbeats” from José González.


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portrait wedding decor

madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

The rest of the wedding would not disappoint. The couple asked me to create chill out spots inspired by their love of traveling, but also kind of nostalgic of their childhood. I chose to recreate a fabric fort and an exotic bedroom with elements from all over the world. The decor graduated from a more romantic approach (the ceremony) to the more exotic and wild bedroom under the tree. Guests could pick up food and drinks and sit in these areas to chat and relax, later on, late at night, when everything was lit by candles and string lights, they would also enjoy sitting down after dancing and talking with their friends.


madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera

hanging mason jars
madrid wedding gonzalo manera
madrid wedding gonzalo manera


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Madrid, Spain):

Wedding Venue: Groom’s Parents’ Home / Photographer and Videographer: Gonzalo Manera / Wedding Design: Marta Machin at Marlett / Wedding Dress: bespoke / Wedding Flowers: Vinca per Vinca / Wedding Caterer: Pipiripao

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Weekly Wrap Up + New Brides Mag!

Weekly Wrap Ups

We’re leaving for the weekend with some color inspiration based on our picks for a gold + aqua wedding board below…

aqua and gold wedding ideas

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

We’re beaming to be featured on the first freshly relaunched Brides Mag! New Editor in Chief Anne Fulenwider is bringing a new design and new features in the mag with a completely modern taken on weddings. They invited us to be part of one of their new segment about color palettes and I couldn’t think of a more perfect color card for their first Spring issue than gold + aqua. Be sure to pick up a copy for all the deets.

ruffled wedding blog on brides mag

Some of our fave links this week:

DIY origami bows via How About Orange
Ribbons and Ruffles baby shower for Melody of My Sweet and Saucy…just as cute for a bridal shower!

In case you missed any features from this week…

A stylish Cape Town wedding
This vintage-inspired wedding in wine country
A woodsy California forest wedding
Stunning Fourth of July wedding inspiration
A Portuguese wedding inspired by all things nautical
A chic jetsetter’s elopement in New York City
This love shoot inspired by vintage cameras
A styled shoot running with a film and lace theme
Tutorial for a vintage photo table runner
This tutorial for film canisters turned escort cards
A tutorial for hanging light bulb chandeliers

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